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BRYAN ADAMS

Real name Birth date Height Nationality
Bryan guy admas November 5,1959 5 "8" Cannadian

Perhaps no other modern musician is as synonymous with mainstream pop rock music as Canadian singer Bryan Adams. Since embarking on a solo career in 1980, Adams has sold more than 45 million albums worldwide, becoming a top global concert attraction thanks to his rigorous tour schedule.

Born in 1959, Vancouver native Bryan Adams quit school at age 16 to go on tour with his first band, Shock. In 1977 he joined the semi-successful glam-rock band Sweeny Todd and performed on two of their albums before leaving the group for a solo career under the close guidance of manager Bruce Allen (Loverboy, BTO) and professional songwriterJim Vallance. His 1980 eponymous solo debut on A&M Canada didn't make much of an impact even in his homeland, but his 1981 follow-up, You Want It, You Got It madehim a bona fide star in the Great White North, spawning four Canadian hit singles.

1983's Cuts Like A Knife was Adams' first real inroad into the giant U.S. market, going platinum in less than a year. With the single "Straight from the Heart" at No. 10 on the Billboard singles chart and several videos on MTV, Adams toured the U.S. opening for the band Journey before heading to Europe, Japan and Australia. Adams' much-anticipated album Reckless was released in late 1984. The single "Heaven" shot to No. 1 in the U.S. and six singles charted in Canada. Adams toured behind the album for most of 1985, including an appearance at the Philadelphia Live Aid concert inJuly. By the end of the year Reckless had spent two weeks at No. 1 in the U.S., and Adams had received numerous Juno awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy.

The next Bryan Adams album, 1987's Into the Fire, sold "only" one million copies and spawned one Top 10 hit. Over the next year and a half Adams and his band toured North America, Europe andJapan, selling out stadiums nearly everywhere they performed, including then-Communist East Germany. The good-looking pop star made his acting debut in the 1988 Clint Eastwood moviePink Cadillac and spent the next few years performing at charity events, collectingawards, making a guest appearance on a Motley Crue album and working on his next record.

In June of 1991 Adams' version of the Michael Kamen-penned single "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," from the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack, hit stores with a bang, debuting at No. 1 in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, and shipping over 380,000copies in advance, the largest initial order in A&M's history. The American success of the single (second only to "We Are the World") sped up the release of the album, WakingUp the Neighbours, which finally came out in September of 1991 and entered the British charts at No. 1, staying there for a world-record 16 weeks. Within two months the album had sold 5.5 million copies and was at No. 1 in 10 countries, spawning numerous singles. Worldwide sales of Waking Up the Neighbours currently stands at over 10 million copies.

Adams spent nearly all of 1992, 1993 and 1994 on a series of worldwide tours, including a tour of Mexico to support a special Spanish-lyric version of "I Do It For You." A&M released a Greatest Hits package in 1993, which sold more than 13 million copies thanks to the No. 1 single "Please Forgive Me." Adams' other hit that year was the single "AllFor Love," recorded with fellow towheads Rod Stewart and Sting forthe box-office flop Three Musketeers. In mid-1994 a live album called Live! Live! Live!, which was previously only released in Japan, was issued worldwide.

In 1995 Adams released another movie-related single, the song "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" from the movie Don Juan de Marco. The song reached No. 1 in the U.S. and stayed there for four weeks.That same year he released a duet with Bonnie Raitt. 1996 finally saw the release of Adams next album, 18 Till I Die. An attempt to target a younger demographic, the new album featured a more rockin' sound and a hip new look for Adams. In usual fashion, Adams embarked on a marathon world tour in 1996 and 1997 to support 18Till I Die. Adams' 10th studio album, On a Day Like Today, was released in the fall of '98.




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